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04:51 PM ET (US)
From what I’ve heard, yes. The OT is supposed to be through the roof. My office keeps being postponed which is ok by me. A NBA rep stated that
the shortage of LLV’s is a primary reason for consolidated casing. Who knows what will happen with
the program.
boston bruins
11:09 AM ET (US)
anyone in here know how the consolidated casing offices are doing i here theres a lot of ot for the carriers?
Lost in Boston
09:11 PM ET (US)
/m69547 I've noticed that we're now delivering large, heavy Amazons again. We'd make money there if we charged by the ounce. Their drivers must be killing them with comp claims and they've started dumping the heavy ones on us. Let the Post Office take the hit.
Boss Basher
10:43 PM ET (US)
Although I did like the Soft Batch chocolate chip cookies...
Boss Basher
10:42 PM ET (US)
Especially not bulky Samples, with accompanying cards.
09:56 PM ET (US)
Well if we didn't do parcels they couldn't dump any on us.

We didn't used to do parcels, as in the types and sizes we do now. They were done by freight companies, wagons, trucks and rail. Nobody ordered a bag of flour and had it delivered in the mail. Even items ordered in say the Sears catalog weren't then sent by mail, but by other freight companies. So maybe it was possible to send a box across country by mail obviously so few did it it must have been because it was far to costly to do it that way. The rate was per ounce so a package was basically the same as sending 100 letters or more. Today that would be the equivalent of $55 for a 6.25 pound parcel. Bring back those rates and I'd agree we can deliver packages without losing money.

All the talk of purpose, mandates, sanctity, ect of the "mail" are there for letter correspondence. We are called "letter carriers" the post meant letters and news, not freight.
07:40 AM ET (US)
If other companies could 100% compete they would. They have always dumped money-losing parcels into PO mail stream.
07:33 AM ET (US)
/m69543 and we have been doing parcel delivery for 200 years. In other words, we were here first. We didn't get into it to compete with anybody, they came along to compete against us. Should we have given up parcel delivery just because somebody else started doing it? Should we give up overnight delivery? Or flats? Or sprs?

Now getting into existing industry is different. There's the whole competition thing and whether our overlords would allow it. Way above my pay grade.
08:39 PM ET (US)
/m69543 Don't forget DNC in back of CRV.
08:16 PM ET (US)
I believe what they want to privatize would be the parcel business. I personally don't understand why we ever got into that game. The purpose of government is to provide services that are not available in the private sector. Parcel delivery is available and for basically the same cost nationwide. Then the PO talks about getting into banking to make money. WTF? Like we need more banks? How about maybe take up roofing too? I have always said if the government takes over healthcare we could be doing colonoscopies out of the back of the LLVs. Managers have had enough practice on the carriers. Some carriers have already started mobile breast exam clinics out of their trucks, but that's been going on for 100 years now.
Boss Basher
08:37 AM ET (US)
Your ideas are as good as anyone else's, Poor. I just know that, as a Retiree now for some 13 years, I want no part of it. And I'm not interested in any form of RolandoCare, either. I worked 30 plus years for those benefits, and I don't want them dicked with. Each time these filthy animals come around with ideas of Privatization, their ideas do NOT include ANY Grandfather Clauses, so they are all a Non-Starter. If everyone at USPS loses his or her paycheck or health insurance, I lose mine, also. I'm too old & broke down, to go "Back To Work!", doing nearly anything. I'd literally have to spend my last fifty bucks on a box of bullets. Make of that, what you will. For my money, Trump can "Privatize" the White House first...put out the Red Lights, and Whistle for the rest.
07:48 AM ET (US)
On the other side a USPS that doesn't privatize could end up back on the federal budget where it would only be a drop in the bucket compared to what is spent on the military or domestic programs.

Or it stays self sufficient, maybe cutting delivery to every other day with each carrier covering two routes on alternating days.

Just my ideas....
07:45 AM ET (US)
One version of a privatized service would see a legacy carrier, or maybe Amazon, take over daily mail delivery to the most densely populated urban areas for the profit while contacting out (uber-style) rural areas who might get delivery one day a week. In an odd twist of fate it would be the liberals in the major cities who would benefit by keeping their low cost daily delivery. Meanwhile, conservatives spread across the south and sparsely populated plains would pay a lot more for a lot less service.....

.... and cheer that their tax money isn't being wasted on that big bad USPS. Sad!
Boss Basher
08:42 PM ET (US)
Let the Republican Party wrest control of Congress from Democratic hands - anything can happen. Especially if, for some insane reason, your Wet Dream comes true and Donald Trump is re-elected. No GOP reps dare to oppose him. He'll "Drain The Swamp" of your paycheck, pension, and benefits so fast, it'll make your head spin. Say: "Goodbye", to all you've worked for...and don't expect any Kind treatment from me, because (based on a Model of Trump's previous efforts) you'd be taking me down, with you.
04:36 PM ET (US)
Aimless lady, Not going to happen. Privatization has been talked about since the Reagan era. It would take an act of Congress to pass. As of this year, there is not enough support for privatizing the USPS, among members of Congress
Aimless Lady
04:20 PM ET (US)
Wondering what a Privatized PO looks like. Retain EAS. Crafts must re-apply for jobs (at lower rate)? Only butt lickers need apply? Management wins again!
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